hurricane can become the most major and the most destructive, so you really don't know. none of us know what's going to happen until tomorrow. >> reporter: emergency officials here, as well as local business owners, are hoping by tomorrow, they're reopening for business for a long labor day weekend rather than cleaning up. erica. >> hill: kelly cobiella, kelly, thanks. earl may actually lose some of its punch by the time it reaches the northeast tomorrow, but it is still the strongest hurricane to threaten the coast of new york and new jersey since bob roared through in 1991. elaine quijano is in montauk, new york, about 120 miles east of new york city on the tip of long island tonight. elaine, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, erica. here on the eastern tip of long island, all area beaches have been ordered closed until saturday morning, and already, as you can see behind me here, the winds are whipping up the waves. the big concern here is wind damage. when hurricane earl brushes past this area around 8:00 tomorrow night with possible wind gusts of 75 miles per hour.